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 Economic hardship: N-Delta hardest hit – Ijaw youths

Economic hardship: N-Delta hardest hit – Ijaw youths

Amidst the waves of protests rocking the country over economic hardship, Ijaw youths under the umbrella of Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Worldwide, says the Niger Delta people, particularly the Ijaw people living in the riverine part of the country are more affected in this hike and bitting economy.

The group noted that Nigerians are yet to see the specific economic recovery plans the federal government of Nigeria under President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has for Nigeria that will make life easier for the masses, regretting that Nigerians are dying of hunger, suffering like never before from the modus operandi and the policies of the federal government.

This is just as the IYC urged President Tinubu to “quickly activate plans in relocating headquarters of International Oil and Gas Companies, IOCs operating in Niger Delta region back to the region, as we will not accept anything other than the urgent relocation of these companies Headquarters back to our region.”

The Spokesman of IYC Amb. Binebai Yerin Princewill, in a statement yesterday, said: “The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide strongly believes that there will be no excuse on the part of the Federal Government of Nigeria and the multinational oil companies in relocating their headquarters as Niger Deltans cannot continue to be sacrificial lambs in this country. There should be no argument as the Tinubu-led Federal Government of Nigeria has relocated the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) from Abuja to Lagos.

“As if this was not enough, it was later followed by an announcement from the Central Bank of Nigeria that it would be moving some key departments from the capital, Abuja to Lagos, the country’s commercial nerve centre.

“The Nigerian Upstream Regulatory Commission, NUPRC, also said it would relocate some of its departments and units from Abuja to Lagos despite spending N70billion to build new headquarters in Abuja. From the foregoing and the high level of nepotism ongoing in other sectors, we believe firmly that the IOCs Headquarters will urgently be relocated to their original base which is the Niger Delta without any further delay. You cannot rob Peter to pay Paul. This is long overdue and if not done may lead to unimaginable consequences.

“As a people, we don’t know how much time we have left to continue to remain idle in the face of this brazen neglect of the Ijaw people, the political manipulation and suffering of Niger Delta people and Nigerians has become unending and getting worst by the day, we are running out of patience. To be forewarned is to be forearmed, the Government is pushing Nigerians to the wall.”

On the prevailing economic situation in the country, Princewill said: “Nigerians are yet to see the specific economic recovery plans the Federal Government of Nigeria under President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has for Nigeria that will make life easier for the masses. Nigerians are dying of hunger, suffering like never before from the modus operandi and the policies of the Federal Government.

“The steady fall of the naira against the dollar, removal of fuel subsidy and the hike in pump price of fuel. Clearly, the hike ìn pump price of fuel from the subsidy removal has made every commodity in the market high astronomically, and this has affected virtually every area of our lives in this country, be it transportation, building materials etc.

“The Niger Delta people, particularly the Ijaw people living in the riverine part of the country are more affected in this hike and bitting economy. For example if a litre of fuel is sold for N700 in the cities , the riverine communities indigenes who solely depend on black market will be buying a litre of fuel above a N1000, this itself indicates the prices of other commodities they will be buying in markets that are domiciled in the rural areas.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria should be aware that Government loses legitimacy when its citizens have no more confidence in it and revolt against it by taking their destinies into their hands hence a revolt becomes the only available option, Nigerians deserve a decent life after being through a lot. How can life become worse than ever before when Nigerians are supposed to be happy and enjoying the country? The policies of the Tinubu-led Federal Government of Nigeria are not working and there is a need to review them, we cannot continue to pretend about it. Our people are suffering and dying daily .” (Vanguard)

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